Pupils at a primary school have made sure elderly residents receive some Christmas cheer as part of a festive project.

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Children at Norwich Road Academy in Thetford have been putting pens and pencils to paper to design Christmas cards for their local community.

The whole academy took part in the project after teacher Rachael Laws was contacted by a former Methodist minister who was concerned that some residents at local Methodist Homes for the aged may not receive any gifts or cards this Christmas.

Ms Laws said: “The children had a great time taking part in this fun and worthwhile project; it’s a fantastic opportunity for us to give something back to our local community and bring some Christmas cheer to people’s lives.”

More than 400 cards were created, complete with jolly messages from the children, and several care homes have received the cards.

Retired Minister Pam Bayliss, from Swaffham Methodist Church said: “We are so grateful for the lovely cards the children at Norwich Road Academy have made for our elderly residents. This is a time of year when people can feel more isolated and lonely and these cards will certainly help brighten up their days.”

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